Is Lack of Cervical Mucus a Sign of Infertility?

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As women, we have learned to see the signs that our bodies give us when we are ovulating. One of those signs is an increase to the cervical mucus that our body produces and that is discharged.

When we are trying to get pregnant, this mucus is a sure sign that we need to try to conceive. However, for many women this sign does not take place and leaves them wondering if it is a sign of infertility.

1. Estrogen Levels

Cervical mucus is secreted by the body in order to aid with the path that sperm take. However, the amount of mucus that our body produces can be affected by a number of items.

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One thing that can affect cervical mucus is estrogen. Depending on your specific estrogen level, you cervical mucus will be altered as well. Although cervical mucus can definitely aid in the conceiving process that we are so desperately hoping for, the lack of it is not necessarily a sign that we are infertile.

During our menstrual cycle, our cervical mucus goes through a great number of changes based upon our estrogen levels. For example, when our estrogen is at the highest level our cervical mucus is the most fertile. On the flip side, as estrogen diminishes in the body, so will cervical mucus.

2. Egg White Cervical Mucus

In order to determine if you are having cervical mucus issues, it is important to monitor yourself on a daily basis. Starting with sanitized hands, place one finger as close to your cervix as possible.

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Once you remove your finger, you will need to study the mucus that you find. You are most fertile when you find egg white cervical mucus. Since your mucus changes daily, it is important to monitor this regularly and take note of any changes that you find.

3. Track your Basal Temperature

If you find no cervical mucus, your first instinct is to panic. However, you should keep in mind that this may not necessarily mean that you are not ovulating. Before seeking medical attention it is a good idea to track your basal temperature for a couple of months in order to determine if you are ovulating or not.

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4. Speak with your Doctor

If you do find that you are not ovulating, you should speak with your doctor in order to find which path is best for you. Many times he will begin a prescription medicine treatment called Clomid in order to aid with your ovulation issues. Not only will this help regulate your menstrual cycle, it will also help you ovulate at a higher rate so that you have a better chance of conceiving. In fact, most women on Clomid have become pregnant within three cycles.

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5. Allergy Medicines

Your doctor may also ask if you are taking any medications because there are many that can actually dry up cervical mucus and will hinder women who are trying to conceive. Some of the medications that have this power are allergy medicines (especially anti-histamines), cough suppressants, and sleep aids. When taking medications, it is a good idea to learn the side effects that they may have and determine if they will have an effect on your cervical mucus and fertility.

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There are also some lifestyle items that may affect cervical mucus negatively as well. For example, as you age your cervical mucus will naturally decrease. This is due to your body’s natural aging process as you approach the age of menopause.

6. Douching

Douching can also affect the quality of your cervical mucus. If you are trying to get pregnant douching can lower the amount of cervical mucus that your body produces and it can wash away bacteria that the body needs to get pregnant. It is best that you avoid douching and feminine care products when you are trying to get pregnant.

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7. Seek Medical Guidance

Some infections have also been known to cause little to no cervical mucus. In these situations it is important that you seek medical guidance in order to get these infections under control and corrected. Most often these infections are caused by sexually transmitted disease.

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Cervical mucus and fertility go hand in hand. Typically, women who do not have healthy cervical mucus are not going to be able to get pregnant. However, most issues that women have with cervical mucus are reversible, but you typically must see a doctor in order to fix them.

 

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Dr. Karen Leham is double board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Reproductive Endocronology and Infertility. Dr. Leham completed her residency at Loyola University, followed by a fellowship at UCLA.